You may have been told that there is always people who are better than you and there always will be. You heard it from your parents, teachers, and even friends. But, what you probably don’t hear as often, is that you are better than a lot of people. Everyone has their strengths. And even though your strengths may not be as developed as some, they will be well above many others.
People take what they are good at for granted. It’s just something you do; it’s almost as natural as breathing. You have been doing it for a long time, and you don’t even think about it. But, if you force yourself to list out your strengths, you will discover unknown aspects of yourself.
2. What do you do naturally?
Others Sometimes Know You Better Than Yourself You may help others without realizing it. Maybe you helped them fix their computers or when they had trouble with their cars.
3. Try Something You Haven’t Done in a Long Time
Think back to when you were in high school or college. What kinds of extracurricular activities were you involved with? Suppose you were in the Audio/Visual Club. You knew how to work cameras at sporting events. You knew how to edit post-production to make the clips come alive. This could be the start of a new skill, as you could apply this to YouTube videos, etc.
5. Teach Others
You can’t teach something you don’t know. And even when you do know something, when you teach it, you will need to refine what you know so that you can convey it to others. Teaching will force you to dig deeper into the subjects you present.
Volunteering has the advantage of helping others out as well as helping you learn new skills. You may volunteer at a food bank and learn how to grow vegetables. This may not be something you would have learned without volunteering. Some people who have a difficult time finding a new job turn to volunteering as a way to gain exposure to new skills as well as make connections.
6. Lead a Group
When you find a group whose members all share the same interest as you, put yourself in a leadership position. You will face new challenges that strengthen your skills in that interest. You can also put this leadership skill on your resume which can help you in looking for a new job. The group can also help you learn more about the interest.
Put it Into Action
Get Some Sound Opinions
Ask two people you know well what they think you are good at. If possible, have them write it down. This will give you a form of validation if you ever refer to it in the future. You could choose one person from work and one who is a family member or friend.
Step Back In Time
Revisit a hobby you used to do as a kid. If you played sports, offer to coach on a team for either kids or adults. There are plenty of adult leagues who could use a hand in some capacity.
Learn and Grow
Commit to signing up and learning three online courses. Choose any subject you find of interest and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. As long as training exists, you can learn something new.